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How mobile devices are changing Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management used to be driven by the issue of discrete pieces of information against a plan and then a period of waiting notification of the result before the plan could be updated. This principle could be applied to each discrete operation such as placing orders on manufacturers, goods being eventually delivered, pickers being sent out into the warehouse with a list and completed orders returned and then delivery drivers being dispatched on the road so that ultimately the...

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Warehouse Management Systems: The Essential New Developments

The Logistics Business has extensive expertise of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), check out our offering in assisting your WMS Specification, Selection and Implementation. We’re experiencing something of a unique period in Warehouse Management System development. The major Warehouse Management System suppliers have stabilised their software over recent years and are not developing anything ground-breaking in terms of innovative features and yet it is not as if there is no more development to do. Instead, suppliers who have traditionally been focused on the Warehouse Management...

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Britain does Big Projects

The fantastic success of the Olympics has given the world a clear demonstration that Britain knows how to do big infrastructure projects. This is a big turnaround from most of the post war period when project after project went wrong, was late, or massively overspent. An interesting programme by the BBC’s Evan Davies investigated this and identified High Speed 1, the rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel, as being the turning point. Although there were numerous false starts...

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Designing a Warehouse – Why it’s not as easy as it looks

So, you're thinking about designing a warehouse? It seems quite straight forward – call a racking supplier, ask them to draw you a layout, and there you have it. Well actually, in this case what exactly do you have? The answer is lots of storage capacity but not much else. That’s fine if you are just storing and moving pallets (provided you have left enough marshalling area) but if you have a case picking, or woe betide you, a singles...

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Warehouse Design – Designing a Distribution Centre

Design is one of those activities that everyone gets involved with from time to time, whether it’s for the house, for the garden, or just a hobby. So why should designing a Distribution Centre be any different? It’s true that the same fundamental principles apply, but does the application of these principles, or even the application of a set process, produce the required results? An example I can use to demonstrate this point is following a cookery recipe. By the...

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